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  • Minidisc units
    MDS-JB980 / MDS-JB940 / MDS-JE500 / MZ-N910 / MZ-N710 / MZ-E909 / MZ-E501 / MZ-E300
  1. Slight caveat to the above: the RM-49M and RM-47M don't have the Group On/Off or Skip buttons that the RM-D10E has but I don't think this would be an issue in your case as I do not believe that the MDS-JE480 has the Group function.
  2. Not an exact answer to your question but the remote control that came with my MDS-JB940 (RM-D49M) works with my MDS-JB980, which came with the RM-D10E remote. I'd assume that your RM-D47M would probably work with an MDS-JE480 but hopefully someone here could confirm.
  3. When I put a disc in my MDS-JB940 (assume my other decks are the same) in goes in and then down. When you press eject the disc moves upwards and is then ejected outwards. I think that's what Amater was referring to.
  4. I think I might need to do this to my MDS-JB940 too. Ejecting discs is a bit erratic at times. It's mostly okay but every now and again it makes a sort of squealing noise and doesn't eject the disc. Usually turning if off and then trying again results in it working.
  5. Nice piece of improvisation there! I think I am probably overthinking this tbh. I put AA/AAA batteries with a variety of different mAh ratings in my normal battery charger without any issues. I did find a post elsewhere on the internet where someone said that the BC-9HP did not "fully support" 1450mAh batteries and that you needed a BC-9HP2 charger to get maximum capacity out of them. No idea if that's actually the case.
  6. I've got a Sony BC-9HP battery charger that, IIRC, I got with my MZ-E30 MiniDisc player. The charger says on it "charge only NH-9WM and NC-6WM". I lost my original NH-9WM battery when my MZ-E30 got stolen many years ago but it looks as though it was a 1200mAh battery. Is there any reason I shouldn't use this charger to charge Vapex gumstick batteries that are 1450mAh? The specs on the back of the BC-9HP say: Input: AC220-230V 7W 50Hz Output: DC1.2V 1.9A Apologies if it's a daft question but I'm no electronics expert...
  7. Ah, sorry. I got the wrong end of the stick completely.
  8. Does your CD player have an optical or coax digital output?
  9. Have you tried making a recording from a digital source? If so, was that more successful? Are you able to playback any MiniDiscs recorded on other machines?
  10. I'd stumbled across that What Hi-Fi forum as well. Wasn't really sure if it was much more than just speculation though. Although, as you point out, it does sound fairly plausible. Does your MDS-JB940 have the "UK Sound Tuned" badge on it Bluecrab? If so, are there any other indications on it anywhere that show it is a UK model? Mine has the model number printed on the back as just MDS-JB940 (where the voltage details/serial number are). It also has another code lower down underneath where the power cord is connected that reads: 4-228-507-41 CED CEK.
  11. I've wondered about that too. My MDS-JB980s both carry the "UK Sound Tuned" badge but my MDS-JB940, which as far as I am aware is a UK model, doesn't. Not sure if the previous owner may have removed it (are they just stickers?) or whether it never had one in the first place. My SCD-XB790 also carries the badge but none of my Sony QS cassette decks do.
  12. Great work Kris. Always good to see a machine saved, especially one as nice as that.
  13. That's correct. The MDS-JB940 also has some filters that can be applied to the analogue output, which are absent on the MDS-JB980.
  14. I've got an MDS-JB940 and two MDS-JB980s. Which is better for you would really depend on how you want to use the deck. The MDS-JB940 has more connectivity options: it has two optical inputs (the MDS-JB980 only has one) and it has both optical and coaxial outputs (the MDS-JB980 only has optical). Both decks are MDLP compatible but only the MDS-JB980 has the Group function. The MDS-JB940 is ATRAC Type R whereas the MDS-JB980 is Type S. Recording quality should be the same on both but playback of MDLP discs should be better on the MDS-JB980. The MDS-JB980 has NetMD. MDS-JB940s tend to be a fair bit cheaper than MDS-JB980s. I have no experience with the Tascam deck you mention but, as a professional deck, it may not enforce SCMS. It also has XLR inputs and outputs. The Tascam website says it uses ATRAC version 3. Not sure how this would compare quality wise with the Sony QS decks.
  15. The battery connections in the MZ-N910 appear to be of a different design to those in the MZ-N710. A quick clean might not be a bad idea though.